Two Craig residents have decided there's been enough talk about the lack of recycling options and launched into a plan of action.
Lois Wymore and Jane Hume have worked in the newspaper business, including publishing their own, for several years and both have been dismayed that there are few options for recycling newsprint.
Wymore said she drives her paper and cardboard to the recycling collection center in Meeker.
"There's no good place in Craig to get rid of newspapers, and everybody has them," she said.
The two learned about the EDP's Growing Local Business grant program, and, on a whim, presented a proposal.
Their request was funded to the tune of $1,000 which will be used to determine why there's no program in Moffat County and what can be done to start one.
"One of the biggest problems in Moffat County is that no one has ever done a complete study," Wymore said.
Their proposal entails having a feasibility study done to determine what options are available for recycling newspapers, aluminum and other materials.
They've contracted with Cairn Consultants out of Rangely, whose final report is expected in November.
Hume said she and Wymore didn't make the proposal to get into business, rather provide information that might encourage someone else to open a recycling business.
"My original idea was to bring a business in that would use trash to make new products," Hume said.
But that's down the road.
Right now, the project will entail a study of the potential.
Wymore said having a study alsocould open the door to grant opportunities that could facilitate the opening of a recycling program.
"This just opens up a lot of doors," she said.
"It's something that everybody is concerned about and wishes we do more."
Meeker's program is subsidized by the city, and Waste Management handles the program in Steamboat Springs.
Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210 or at firstname.lastname@example.org